Back when I was a school kid, we had a unit on the Aztecs. Their background story was interesting, about a group of people who look for an omen of an eagle on a branch, carrying a snake, or something—and that was supposed to mark where they would build a city. They found the omen, in the middle of a lake, but you can’t fight fate, so they built there. Draining. Adding ground with reeds and other materials. And that eventually became today’s Mexico City.
|Aztec human sacrifice|
illustration from codices
But there was a harrowing part of their story, about the wars, and the sacrifices. Human sacrifice, as many as 80,400 in a single 4-day ceremony—which would have required some 14 sacrifices per minute. They used their war captives mainly, including women and children. Wikipedia provides this description:
The sacrifice would then be laid on a stone slab by four priests, and his/her abdomen would be sliced open by a fifth priest with a ceremonial knife made of flint. The cut was made in the abdomen and went through the diaphragm. The priest would grab the heart and tear it out, still beating. It would be placed in a bowl held by a statue of the honored god, and the body thrown down the temple's stairs. The body would land on a terrace at the base of the pyramid called an apetlatl /aˈpet͡ɬat͡ɬ/[i]
I was just an innocent school kid; that kind of story was disturbing. Nauseating. How could a people turn from building a civilization to that level of savagery. Admittedly, some boys in the class probably just found it fascinating. Our boys liked a fun series called Horrible Histories. We have one on The Vicious Vikings, but the series includes one called The Angry Aztecs. Gore is tolerable, I guess, if you look at things caricatured long ago and far away. It’s sort of like a horror movie: safely scary.
More recently I read the Eric Metaxas biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. There’s a parallel story there. A people who have been civilized turn to savagery, murdering literally millions of people—I don’t mean the people they were at war with, but people among them, their own citizens. The ones they didn’t like. And in addition to the gas chambers and starvation and other cruelties, there was experimentation. The book offers this example:
One Austrian inmate described one experiment:
I have personally seen through the observation window of the decompression chamber when a prisoner inside would stand a vacuum until his lungs ruptures…. They would go mad and pull out their hair in an effort to relieve the pressure. They would tear their heads and face with their fingers and nails in an attempt to maim themselves in their madness. They would beat the walls with their hands and head and scream in an effort to relieve pressure on their eardrums. These cases usually ended in the death of the subject.
About two hundred inmates were subjected to these horrors before the “experiments” were concluded. About half died; those who survived were soon murdered, ostensibly to prevent their testifying about what they experienced. Rascher was praised for the information he ferreted out, and he soon had another idea. What of the extremely low temperatures to which aviators were subjected?
I hope that anyone who reads this recognizes these atrocities as savage. How could humans treat other human life so cavalierly?
Then we get a story this week, much closer to home, here in our own country, of those who harvest fetal organs for sale. As a bi-product of the grisly abortion business. The Human Capital Project of the Center for Medical Progress, videotaped a long luncheon interview with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, discussing which parts of the baby during the birth process she would avoid crushing, if she knows ahead which body parts are in demand. I don’t believe this is out of context; they’ve released a 9-minute clip but they have also made available the entire two hours and 42 minutes unedited.[ii] Nucatola says the following while enjoying her lunch:
It makes a huge difference. I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps…. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact….
We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
Just to be clear, partial-birth abortion is illegal in the US. And a fetus extracted alive is a born-alive infant; anything that interferes with the care and safety of that live infant is murder. Not just my opinion—that’s homicide according to 1US Code 8.
In the day following the release of this video, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood in his state, connecting with the FBI; good for him. By the end of Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas announced a similar investigation. Also the US Congress is considering a more general investigation—and ought to, at the very least, remove any funding of this house of horrors. And also prosecute broken laws.
Mass homicide ought to be something we all stand strongly against. No one in civilized society can look at this as significantly different in level of savagery from the Aztec sacrificial mass murders or the German WWII mass murders. Or the beheadings of Westerners and Christians and not-radical-enough Muslims by ISIS. (Or the shooting of four marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, today, in what appears to be a radical Islamic-inspired terrorist attack.)
Most of the press was silent on the suddenly viral video—similar to their silence about the Gosnell case. But some of the press tried to protect Planned Parenthood, quoting PP’s talking points: it wasn’t really “selling” body parts, just “donating” "tissue," with a fee for shipping and handling. OK, except that PP official Nucatola said on the video,
I think for affiliates, at the end of the day, they’re a non-profit, they just don’t want to—they want to break even. And if they can do a little better than break even, and do so in a way that seems reasonable, they’re happy to do that.
A non-profit can do things that bring in more than breaking even; that’s not illegal. But huffing with “righteous” indignation, as the president of PP Cecile Richards does, that they aren’t in any way profiting seems false on its face when we just heard otherwise.
Ditto the claim that everything PP does is legal and ethical, when we just heard it admitted that they have back-room conversations on how to get around those pesky “confusing” partial-birth abortion laws.
Richards doesn’t apologize for the murder of viable and near-viable human babies, ripping out their organs according to the “market” for them. No, she apologizes for the “tone” of Nucatola on the video, while claiming the video was “highly edited” and unbelievable because the makers of the video can’t be trusted. And we’re supposed to believe someone who kills human babies for a living instead? By the way, Richards is reported to earn some $590K a year for her non-profit “service.”
Pro-abortionists—and let’s be clear; these people aren’t in favor of “choice,” but are in favor of frequent unhindered baby killing for profit and pleasure—are savage.
The Bonhoeffer book includes a letter from Himmler, concerning experimenting on live humans, that is informative today:
In these “Christian medical circles” the standpoint is being taken that it goes without saying that a young German aviator should be allowed to risk his life but that the life of a criminal—who is not drafted into military service—is too sacred for this purpose and one should not stain oneself with this guilt….
We two should not get angry about these difficulties. It will take at least another ten years until we can get such narrow-mindedness out of our people.[iii]
Fortunately, the good guys won that war, and the evil Nazis didn’t get that extra decade to get rid of Christian sensibilities.
Translate that into either Nucatola or Richards speaking about their great “service” to society, and their irritation with those Christian (and other) pro-lifers who just get in their way. And wouldn’t they like just another ten years of propagandizing to “get such narrow-mindedness out of our people”?
They are indeed as savage as every other human sacrificing cult in history. As Matt Walsh said in his blog on the subject,
You are left, then, with only one other option. Either advocate for the mass execution of the disabled, or accept that humans are humans, and humans are people, regardless of their physical development. It’s really one or the other. You side with the slave owners, eugenicists, and Nazis of history, or with the people who defeated those tyrants. We are all human, or not. Pro-aborts say not, and it’s time they confront exactly what that means.
You are not defending the killing of clumps and blobs, but of humans. And in so doing, you are using logic identical to the sort that has been used to justify nearly every human atrocity in the history of mankind.
Back to Bonhoeffer for a couple more statements. He said this about abortion, which was already an issue in his day, in Germany:
Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.[iv]
And then these important words: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
image found here
You can tell from the “martyr” in the title of Bonhoeffer’s biography that, indeed, he did die for having beliefs the savage Nazis disagreed with, and for standing up to them. But we might assume that God will hold him guiltless.
We’re supposed to respect differences of opinion, and speak respectfully toward one another. Fine. That’s a necessary thing in a civilized society. But let me point out that these people at Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortionists are not civilized; they are savage. Their opinions on baby killing are not respectable, and their actions are despicable.
I am not calling for hating them; I am calling for standing up to them. Niceness, including avoiding the issue and pretending theirs is just another idea decent people might consider, is to allow the atrocities to continue. I hope investigations into PP will lead to prosecutions and prison terms—and then to further restrictions. Pro-abortionists should be pariahs in an actual civilization.
The only path to civilization from the savagery a pro-abortionist is mired in—is repentance. I pray those who are simply confused and deceived will see the truth clearly and change their hearts. It is the only hope for them.
[i] Wikipedia uses this reference: Nahuatl dictionary.(1997). Wired humanities project. Retrieved September 2, 2012, from link.
[iii] Metaxas, Eric; Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, pp. 509-512.
[iv] Ibid., p. 472.